Posts Tagged ‘LED headlamp’

Gearing Up for Elk Hunting

Friday, September 30th, 2011

People hunt elk for many different reasons. Some love the thrill of taking down such an enormous animal. Others enjoy providing their families with elk meat, which is often bountiful enough to last for months if one knows how to properly use a hunting knife and a deep freezer.

But elk hunting is more than just a fun way for hunters to use their guns and knives – it’s also an important way for fish and wildlife departments to balance our ecological and societal needs. As many farmers would be happy to tell you, elk hunting protects crops.

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Beginners’ Backpacking Spots in the Pacific Northwest

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Backpacking in the Pacific Northwest can be an amazing adventure, as well as a rewarding way to enjoy the outdoors. For beginners, however, it can seem grueling at first – carrying 30 pounds or more on your back while hiking across rugged terrain requires you to develop muscles you never knew you had.

New backpackers who are looking to get some experience under their belts should start slow, with a 5-7 miles per day hike over easy terrain. It’s also important for beginners to make sure they’ve got the essential safety gear covered, including an LED headlamp and sturdy camping knives or multi-tools. Preparation is the key to any successful backpacking trip.

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Barefoot Running 101: How to Get Started

Monday, July 25th, 2011

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, you may have noticed that an increasing number of runners are ditching their shoes and hoofing it barefoot. Barefoot running is nothing new – humans evolved doing it, after all – but as a recent fitness trend it’s been getting quite a bit of attention. Barefoot runners tout a number of advantages, including reduced impact, improved circulation and muscle tone, stronger feet, and better posture and balance.

If you’re a tenderfoot, barefoot running may sound painful, but many enthusiasts are shedding their shoes for 10ks, marathons and even rugged trail runs. With minimal equipment required – just make sure to bring a headlamp with you to spot potentially painful obstacles – it’s an activity anyone can do. For those who are interested giving it a try, here’s a look at how to get started:

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Backpacking: How to Properly Load your Pack

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Many experienced backpackers have honed their pack loading skills to a science. For those just starting out, however, loading up a pack for a multi-day backcountry trip can seem baffling. Not only do you have to make everything fit, but you need to position your gear for optimal weight distribution as well as accessibility. The last thing you need when night falls is to have to dig through your pack in the dark to find your LED headlamp.

While the finer points of pack loading are often learned through experience, there are some basic principles you can follow to ensure your gear – and your own safety – are protected. (more…)

3 Ways to Get Your Kids Outdoors

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Kid PlayingLet’s face it: Too many kids sit around the house, glued to their electronic devices and cultivating pasty skin. American youths spend as much as six hours a day watching TV, surfing the web or playing video games and a mere 30 minutes each week in unregulated outdoor play.

Once these habits are formed, they’re hard to break. Here are a few ideas for sparking your children’s interest in the great outdoors.

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Summer Road Trip Travel Tips

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

Route 66Few things in life are as freeing as hitting the road. A road trip can be an exciting adventure you and your companions will talk about for years – or a nightmare you’ll be groaning over for decades. Either way, you’ll have a story to tell, but if you’d prefer to go the exciting adventure route, here are a few tips for making your trip a success:

Don’t get stuck in the dark. Truly, there’s no predicting when or where your car will break down. Every car emergency kit should include a flashlight of some sort in case of emergencies. Better yet, make it an LED headlamp or lantern to leave your hands free for the dirty work. An LED lantern can make fixing a flat infinitely easier, while an LED headlamp is ideal for fiddling under the hood. And if for some reason you end up having to hike to the next town or gas station, an emergency LED lantern will make the trek safer and can double as a signal for help.

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What you’ll need for the Great American Backyard Campout

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Great American Backyard CampoutThere are plenty of camping enthusiasts out there – the lack of vacancies in popular state parks throughout the summer is proof of that – but for many families, camping is quickly becoming a dying art. Parents are busier than ever, kids are more interested in electronics than nature, and many people have simply lost interest in the great outdoors.

To help revive the tradition of camping for kids who don’t get outside as much these days, the National Wildlife Federation organizes an annual Great American Backyard Campout to encourage parents to teach their kids the joys of camping. Coming up June 25, the national backyard campout is also a great way to introduce young children to camping before taking them on an extended trip.

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LED Lights: Why Mosquitoes Aren’t Attracted to Them

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Mosquito and LightRemember the days before the invention of the LED lantern, when camping trips were underscored by the hiss of a propane lantern and the buzzing of mosquitoes around it? Things have changed a bit since then. Now you can turn on your LED lantern with the flip of a switch, no matches or pumping required, and mosquitoes don’t swarm you every time you light it up.

Wait, what?

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